Originally Posted by jlpowell84
Have mercy on me as I am new to this part of the forum. I have an apple tv that I use to stream all of my itunes library to my Marantz SR5007 then out to my Definitive Technology speakers. I read somewhere about lossless apple tracks? Perhaps having an external hard rive or maybe a little computer as part of the setup with a different software host for all the music. I just don't know. I plan on doing some reading but was hoping to get some direction from you all thanks!
On this website in the audio area you'll receive two different answers about sound quality. One camp believes based on scientific research that speakers are the component in a stereo system that makes an audible difference. Others will give you a subjective answer regarding their experience with equipment, heck they'll even tell you if you swap out the interconnects you'll hear a difference. So perhaps the lack of instant reponse is due to the fact that you're asking a sound quality question that many on this site are tried of answering or debating.
Your asking for better formats for quality. Please explain what format your audio files are saved in and played. For instance MP3 is a format for digital audio which uses a form of lossy data compression. Some say this method compresses data by discarding (losing) some of it. FLAC is a codec (format) which allows digital audio to be losslessly compressed such that file size is reduced without any information being lost. Again you'll hear the compression issue debated in that, is it audible.
I have listened to MP3 and FLACplayed through a Peachtree audio amp with Sonus Faber speaker, blind and to my ear I could hear a difference. That is my opinion.
Some in the audio world believe in critical listening arrangements it is "better" as you say, to use an uncompressed format to store and play audio files.